What to do in Gardner Lake State Park in Salem, CT


Garder Lake State Park

Gardner Lake State Park is a beautiful place to visit in Salem, CT. This small state park is located on the south shore of Gardner Lake. The state park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming.

Boating and Tubing

In the summer, Gardner Lake is a popular spot to go boating. The park features a boat launch that is accessible year-round. The boat launch area has a fixed concrete dock as well as concrete ramp into the water.


Going to The Beach

The park also features a public beach. My parents brought us swimming here a lot when I was growing up because it was so close. The beach is free, but if you're from out of state, you will have to pay for parking.

Watch The Sunset

This was always one of my favorite spots to watch the sun set. I've seen some pretty, colorful sunsets there. There's nothing like getting to see the colors reflect off of the lake's water.

Enjoy Fall Foliage

This is also a great spot to enjoy New England's fall foliage! When the lake is still, you can enjoy some great reflections of the trees and their colors in the lake. It's really quite beautiful!

Exploring Minnie Island State Park

While you're boating on the lake, be sure to check out Minnie Island State Park! Minnie Island is Connecticut's smallest state park. It is the only island located in the lake. The island is about only ⅓ of mile from the boat launch.

There's so much to explore at Gardner Lake State Park in Salem, CT! Plan your trip ahead of time for a perfect little getaway!

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